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100 Greatest Soul Albums

Criteria: Soul music started in the early 1960s and was around into the 1970s and later, although by the mid-1970s it had pretty much been replaced by funk and disco. Albums that are mainly funk or disco, rather than soul, were not considered for this list. These albums were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, influence, impact, and overall stature in soul music circles.

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2016-12-17

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  1. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
  2. Live At The Apollo - James Brown
  3. I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You - Aretha Franklin
  4. Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul - Otis Redding
  5. Hot Buttered Soul - Isaac Hayes
  6. The Temptations Sing Smokey - The Temptations
  7. Lady Soul -- Aretha Franklin
  8. The Ice Man Cometh - Jerry Butler
  9. Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul - Otis Redding
10. Talking Book - Stevie Wonder
11. Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music - Ray Charles
12. I'm Still in Love With You - Al Green
13. Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
14. Going To A Go-Go - Smokey Robinson And The Miracles
15. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
16. Night Beat - Sam Cooke
17. Two Steps From The Blues - Bobby "Blue" Bland
18. Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
19. At Last - Etta James
20. You've Got My Mind Messed Up - James Carr
21. Green Onions - Booker T and the MG's
22. Hi! We're The Miracles - The Miracles
23. The 12 Year Old Genius - Little Stevie Wonder
24. Ain't That Good News - Sam Cooke
25. If You Need Me - Solomon Burke
26. The Impressions - The Impressions
27. Rock 'n Soul - Solomon Burke
28. People Get Ready - The Impressions
29. Shotgun - Jr. Walker & the All Stars
30. The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads - Otis Redding
31. The Temptin' Temptations - The Temptations
32. Reach Out - The Four Tops
33. The Exciting Wilson Pickett - Wilson Pickett
34. Call Me - Al Green
35. The Spinners - The Spinners
36. The Wicked Pickett - Wilson Pickett
37. The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
38. Aretha Now - Aretha Franklin
39. Tell Mama - Etta James
40. Spirit In The Dark - Aretha Franklin
41. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
42. The Young Mods' Forgotten Story - The Impressions
43. Wake Up Everybody - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
44. Cloud Nine - The Temptations
45. 3+3 - The Isley Brothers
46. Al Green Gets Next to You - Al Green
47. Just as I Am - Bill Withers
48. The Stylistics - The Stylistics
49. Live - Donny Hathaway
50. Music of My Mind - Stevie Wonder
51. Family Reunion - The O'Jays
52. The Four Tops Second Album - The Four Tops
53. Call on Me / That's the Way Love Is - Bobby Bland
54. Ingredients In A Recipe for Soul - Ray Charles
55. Keep On Pushing - The Impressions
56. In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
57. Meet The Temptations - The Temptations
58. Here's The Man!!! - Bobby "Blue" Bland
59. The Soul Album - Otis Redding
60. Hold On, I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave
61. The Supremes A' Go-Go - The Supremes
62. Get It While You Can - Howard Tate
63. Wish It Would Rain - Temptations
64. Soul Men - Sam & Dave
65. 'Live' at the Apollo, Volume II - James Brown
66. Young, Gifted and Black - Aretha Franklin
67. Away We A Go-Go - Miracles
68. Still Bill - Bill Withers
69. Be Altitude: Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
70. Imagination - Gladys Knight and The Pips
71. The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland - The Supremes
72. The Sound Of Wilson Pickett - Wilson Pickett
73. Mercy! - Don Covay
74. Wish Someone Would Care - Irma Thomas
75. With A Lot O' Soul - The Temptations
76. Four Tops - The Four Tops
77. Al Green Explores Your Mind - Al Green
78. We're Gonna Make It - Little Milton
79. I Do Love You - Billy Stewart
80. Cry Baby - Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters
81. The Fabulous Miracles - The Miracles
82. This Is My Country - The Impressions
83. There Is - The Dells
84. Psychedelic Shack - The Temptations
85. Think! - James Brown & The Famous Flames
86. The Soul Of Ike & Tina Turner - Ike & Tina Turner
87. Pain In My Heart - Otis Redding
88. Everything Is Everything - Donny Hathaway
89. ...To Be Continued - Isaac Hayes
90. From a Whisper to a Scream - Esther Phillips
91. Aretha Arrives - Aretha Franklin
92. Last Night! - The Mar-Keys
93. Testifyin' - Clarence Carter
94. Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud - James Brown
95. Soul '69 - Aretha Franklin
96. Straight from the Heart - Ann Peebles
97. Black Moses - Isaac Hayes
98. (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People - The Chi-Lites
99. Buying A Book - Joe Tex
100. James Brown Sings Raw Soul - James Brown

101. The Amazing James Brown - James Brown and the Famous Flames
102. Pure Dynamite! - James Brown
103. Mighty Love - The Spinners
104. Up-Tight Everything's Alright - Stevie Wonder
105. Gettin' Ready - The Temptations
106. Live In Europe - Otis Redding
107. The Soul Of A Bell - William Bell
108. King & Queen - Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
109. United - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
110. Where I'm Coming From - Stevie Wonder
111. Sky's the Limit - The Temptations
112. Understanding - Bobby Womack
113. A Lonely Man - The Chi-Lites
114. A Nickel and a Nail and Ace of Spades - O.V. Wright
115. I'm Just A Prisoner - Candi Staton
116. The Delfonics - The Delfonics
117. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics
118. I Miss You / Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
119. Can I Change My Mind? - Tyrone Davis
120. Puzzle People - The Temptations
121. Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson
122. Don't Give Up On me - Solomon Burke
123. The Time Has Come - Chambers Brothers
124. Caught Up - Millie Jackson
125. Brother, Brother, Brother - Isley Brothers

What's Going On album cover
Live At The Apollo James Brown album cover
I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You album cover
Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul album cover
Hot Buttered Soul album cover
The Temptations Sing Smokey album cover
Lady Soul album cover
The Ice Man Cometh album cover




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